Category: Features

Cloud Nine (#03)

I’m still figuring out what I’m doing here, and I may change this up a little in the future.  Anyhow, here’s the third installment of Cloud Nine, and the fourth will be up in a couple of weeks.  Enjoy!

  • Netgalley
  • Zombie’s Run!, particularly the 5k training
  • Grace and Frankie – I watched this with my mom while she was visiting, and really enjoyed it.  
  • updated colors
  • Spicy Ranch dressing – So yummy!

Cloud Nine (#02)

It’s my second list of awesome things, this time with a picture!

  • Peek a boo t-shirt from TeeTurtle
  • Lots of time with friends
  • Starry Night lip gloss from Burt’s Bees – I wasn’t sure the Starry Night shade would work for me, but it’s my go to for a dressier look 
  • I feel like this is really silly, but realizing I can change the colors on my Google Drive folders was cool.  I have this happy array of colors now every time I open Drive.
  • The most awesome BB-8 keychain from my nephew – the bottom of him spins around!


Cloud Nine (#01)

February 2016 Financial Challenge

The Lifehacker challenge for this month is “Haggle Your Bills”.  I basically did this challenge in January as well by calling my cable company to get a better rate (and an upgrade to boot), and technically lowering my cell phone bill by a few dollars as well (not much wiggle room there).

The other items suggested for possible haggling don’t concern me that much.  They suggest looking at credit cards, rent, gym membership, and car insurance.  A couple of these don’t really apply, like the credit cards and the gym membership.  The others are ones that I’m happy with the rates I have.

So, for February I’m going to challenge myself to keep up with tracking my spending.  I technically started this in January, but usually it’s about a month in that it falls apart for me.  I think just being aware of my spending will help me to cut back where I’m excessive, and help me understand if I’m living outside of my means.

I’ll check back in at the end of the month with an update.

January 2016 Financial Challenge

I opted to participate in a financial challenge that I found through LifeHacker for the month of January.  The challenge was to spend no money on restaurants, and instead put that money in a savings account.

I didn’t do great, but I don’t think I did all that horribly either.  Although, I did not put the money in savings because I had some other things come through that had to be paid.  Going into this I knew that there would be at least one exemption, my book club meets monthly at a restaurant.  And I didn’t know about the challenge until the 2nd or 3rd, and had gone out to eat on the 1st.  So there’s two strikes.  I think I got two more before the month was out.  My breakdown is as follows:

January 1st – Chik-fil-A with friends
January 12th – Amphora – Book Club
January 17th – Hard Rock Cafe with family
January 18th – Papa John’s – to feed family
January 27th – Cafe at work (I overcooked my lunch)

So I ended up spending about $130 eating out (with two of those being for more than just myself).  My tracking has not been great, so I’m not sure what my typical amount for eating out is.  I’m not sure if I saved much money or not, really.  I would like to update my tracking and try this challenge again when I have a better baseline to compare it to.

In the interest of full disclosure, I did actually eat out quite a bit more than this.  These, however, were the only times I had to pay and since this was a financial challenge I wasn’t worried about the eating out part, just about the my paying to eat out part.

So, I didn’t miss eating out, but that’s because I didn’t really stop eating out.  I think I saved some money, but I didn’t stress much about not sticking more closely to the challenge either.

Bottom line: I could have done better at this challenge.